The truth is that trucking is hard. It’s not for the faint of heart. Whether you’re driving cross country or across state, it can be a tedious, demanding job. What’s more, trucking demands long hours and a dedication hardly found in other industries. This is why Financial Carrier Services is here to help truck drivers like you get paid on time. In this post, we’re going to share seven winter trucking safety tips to keep in mind so you don’t run off the road or get into an accident that keeps you from using our services and getting paid.
Trucking Safety Tips
At Financial Carrier Services, we want you to reach your trucking goals, whether that’s profits made or loads hauled. We’re here to help you get what you deserve: paid on time. One way to make sure you get paid is to keep your rig on the road during the winter time—even the most experienced drivers can have trouble handling their semi during the cold season. Here are seven winter trucking tips to consider:
Tip #1 – Inspect Your Truck Thoroughly
The first tip begins with truck inspection. Make sure that you triple check everything to ensure all that’s in your control is taken care of. Prevent major problems with a thorough pre-trip check on items like tire pressure, engine oil, antifreeze, and more. You can go the extra mile and have your mechanic give your rig a once-over, as well.
Tip #2 – Give Yourself Space
It takes twice the distance to stop on a wet road than it does on a dry road. When it’s cold and snowing, that distance may triple due to ice. Give yourself more space between your front bumper and the rear bumper of the vehicle ahead of you.
Tip #3 – Drive Slower
We understand that you may be trying to make delivery times for bonuses, but that bonus is not worth the potential accident due to reckless driving. When driving through snow or on snow-packed roads, you will need to drive slower to compensate for lack of control and stopping capabilities.
Tip #4 – Drive Smooth
When you drive on dry pavement, you can jerk your rig around and keep relative control. Quick, sharp movements while driving your rig in the snow can send you into the ditch, or worse, into the bumper of another vehicle. Drive slow and use smooth steering movements to keep your truck on the road and moving in the right direction.
Tip #5 – Tire Spray Tells
Watch the tire spray of the vehicles in front of you. This spray, or lack thereof, will tell you what the road conditions are like during the winter. For example, a car that’s spraying water off their tires means the road is wet, but if the same care begins to spray little to nothing, the road is probably frozen.
Tip #6 – More Light
If you’re driving through inclement weather during the day, flip your headlights on. Not only will it help you see better through the snow and fog, but it will also give oncoming traffic and ongoing traffic the chance to see you before you get to them.
Tip #7 – Pull Over
When in doubt, pull your rig over to a safe parking space. It’s better to wait out inclement weather than it is to push on through it. We understand you’re trying to get paid, but if you don’t have a truck to drive you can’t get paid.
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